Negative Space: Knock Down the Walls of Your Lockdown Blues

Negative Space, the work of UK-Belgian company Reckless Sleepers and director Mole Wetherell is a whirlwind of visual theatre, captured live at Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford in 2019. It takes the established worlds of physical and devised theatre and fits them out with an armoury of hammers, trapdoors, rose ceremonies of sorts, and broken walls. The performance presents a symphony of body language, inviting you into a place beyond words where movement and logic translates into a hypnotic composition of codes and riddles. There is no sense of a conventional narrative – instead, the doors are thrown wide open to the audience’s own imagination. Continue reading Negative Space: Knock Down the Walls of Your Lockdown Blues

Dear Australia: Reply All

Dear Australia, the recent project of Playwriting Australia, is like taking a walk through the suburbs. In the midst of a pandemic, it serves as a singular account of a time that has demanded us to reflect on the heart of the nation. Watching Dear Australia reveals the breadth and diversity of our national experiences, from stories about personal vulnerability to the impacts of colonisation. Continue reading Dear Australia: Reply All

Buried Child: The Modern American Classic that Shocks

Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child explores a Midwestern-American family holding onto a dark secret in the ‘70s. The arrival of their grandson Vince, whom they do not recognise, sparks the intense unravelling of that secret. In The New Group’s 2016 production, directors Scott Elliot and David Horn capture the essence of Shepard’s original work, creating a show that manages to be both hilarious and horrifying in the same minute. Continue reading Buried Child: The Modern American Classic that Shocks

Hamilton: A Shot in the Dark, a Cultural Crowd Pleaser

A dramatic re-imagining of the life of the first US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, the Broadway show is a pastiche of colonial history and urban culture. With its songs boasting rapid fire, tongue-twisting raps and riffs, Hamilton repackages a history lesson in hip-hop form that is sure to entice adults and children alike. Continue reading Hamilton: A Shot in the Dark, a Cultural Crowd Pleaser

Fleabag: Sexy, Scathing and… Sad?

It is interesting to retrospectively consider the humour and gender politics of this performance in 2020. Fleabag, now almost inseparable from Waller-Bridge herself, was championed as an anti-heroine of the 21st century, who shifted the boundaries of what women were allowed to say about their own sexuality and biology. It was transgressive and taboo-smashing; a shocking revision of the female voice that was unapologetically vulgar, vulnerable and, crucially, unvictimised. Continue reading Fleabag: Sexy, Scathing and… Sad?

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – Has Christmas Come Early?

In these dark times, viewing Berlin’s production will most definitely be successful in lifting the spirits of even the most Scrooge-like viewer. This musical will remind you of the spirit of Christmas – and that even though this year may be lasting a lifetime, there’s still something to look forward to. Continue reading Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – Has Christmas Come Early?